Six Italian Typhoons are deploying to Keflavik to support NATO’s Iceland Air Policing Mission

Mar 15 2017 - 1 Comment

The Italian Eurofighter Typhoons are deploying to Iceland to provide Iceland’s air defense duties.

From Mar. 16 to mid-April 2017, a detachment of six Eurofighter Typhoons belonging to all the Italian Air Force units that operate the Euro-canard aircraft will be based at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, to support NATO’s mission that provide Airborne Surveillance and Interception Capabilities to meet the Northern European country’s Peacetime Preparedness Needs.

NATO has rotated fighter jets to Iceland since 2008, in an effort to provide QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) duties while strengthening cooperation between allied air arms with Iceland’s air surveillance integrated into NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence System. Three times a year, allied combat planes operate over Iceland for several weeks “to ensure the Alliance can conduct full-scale peacetime air policing with minimum delay if required by real world events.”

This is the second time the Italian Air Force sends its Typhoons to Iceland: in June 2013, as part of Operation “Icy Skies”, Italian Eurofighters with 4°, 36° and 37° Stormo (Wings) deployed to Keflavik along with support personnel as well as air defense controllers from GRCDA (Air Surveillance Squadron), 21st and 22nd Radar Squadron, respectively, based in Poggio Renatico (Ferrara), Poggio Ballone (Grosseto)  e Licola (Naples), that provided reporting and control services and airspace surveillance services within the Iceland AOR (Area Of Responsibility).

“We operate in many areas to mitigate threats and prevent risks,” said the Italian MoD Roberta Pinotti, in a statement on Rome’s participation in international missions. “We have to provide our contribution to make this world more peaceful.”

The Italian Air Force, provides air policing of Slovenia and Albania airspaces, and has supported BAP (Baltic Air Patrol) mission in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the first half of 2015.

Image credit: Iolanda Frisina

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  • leroy

    With the Aeronautica Militare and their Typhoons in the skies, you better believe the Russians will behave themselves when they get intercepted.

    Let’s face it – Russian pilots act the part of the big bad wolf when coming up against large NATO and U.S. aircraft that can’t defend themselves (E-8, P-8, P-3, AWACS, etc.) but when faced with a Western fighter and its well-trained pilot, they put their tail between their legs and fly in a nice straight line all the while looking nervously over at the Western interceptor. Wishing they had such great airplanes!

    No surprise here. A bully always backs down when confronted with a stronger opponent, and that’s all Russian pilots are – bullies without skills or competent equipment (kit). So – GO GET ‘EM ITALIAN AIR FORCE! The U.S. and NATO has Rome’s back and …

    Just wait ’till you get your F-35s. I look forward to welcoming you to the world of 5th gen fighter aviation superiority. Not a single Russian fighter will be able to engage you. Hold it – you’re already there! Welcome!! When’s the next time you pay us a visit at Red Flag?